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Today's Opinions

  • The Gazette's 2012 Editorial Awards

    2012 is over, but don’t worry — it’s not the end of the world.
    Or maybe you should worry.
    With some of the weird stuff that went on last year, we suspect that a lot of folks were getting the crazy out of their systems because they thought there would be no one to hold them accountable after the whole thing went ka-blooey.

  • Localities could win their jail gambit

    It’s about time someone turned the tables on the state.
    Lawmakers and the governor for the last few years have shifted costs onto localities while reducing state funding.
    It was almost certainly with some small amount of pleasure, then, that several New River Valley communities said enough is enough.
    Carroll and Grayson counties are among the New River Valley Regional Jail Authority’s member localities, along with the city of Radford and the counties of Pulaski, Giles, Wythe, Bland and Floyd.

  • Community donors thanked

    We would like to thank and recognize the businesses and people in our community for participating in the Mary Kay “Adopt-A-Grandparent” project.
    Each donation enabled us to provide a Christmas stocking stuffed with hygiene products for both men and woman at our local Trinity Mission nursing home in Hillsville.
    Thank you for adding a little joy to these residents at Christmas time.

  • Church helping families

    The volunteers at Asbury Thrift Shop would like to thank everyone for their support and donations during 2012.
    During the December clearance sale, we gave 580 pounds of potatoes to families in the community.
    We look forward to your continued support in 2013 as we attempt to be “the little church that strives to make a big difference in the community.”
    Karen Patton Poole
    Asbury United Methodist Church
    Galax

     

  • Homeschoolers deserve to participate in sports

    Lisa Shaw is administrator of Southwest Virginia Home Educators

  • Majority spoke in election

    Your letter writer (“Voters made mistake,” Dec. 17) described the re-election of President Obama as a “slap in God’s face” and the “most deadly decision in the history of the country.”
    Your writer accused the president of “treason. "Your writer, one of “God’s people [who] see the truth,” predicted that we would all die: “[there will be] no survivors.”
    After a hard-fought campaign, President Obama was reelected by a majority of Americans.

  • Who is our Secret Santa?

    Approximately 40 gift bags were left at the Fries Recreation center for senior citizens who meet there on Monday and Wednesday mornings.
    Each bag contained three gifts that had been individually wrapped.
    No gift bag contained the same selection of gifts, which shows how much thought and time the giver spent selecting each item.
    We all were surprised and delighted with everything.

  • Fix tax problem in Carroll

    There is a wrong in the Carroll County statutes that needs to be made right. Personal property tax is being levied on vehicles that are no longer registered or garaged in Carroll County.
    Those who move from Carroll County must pay personal property tax in their new county before their vehicles can be registered. Yet Carroll County levies the full year of tax on those same vehicles if they were registered in the county on Jan. 1.